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Professor Lucy Yardley

Professor Lucy Yardley
Professor Lucy Yardley
Research

My research focuses on how to empower people to self-manage their health and illness. I pioneered the development of unique open source software allowing researchers to create e-health interventions, which has resulted in the past 5 years in the rapid development of a large programme of e-health research.

Career

My husband and I have been committed and active members of the local community in Southampton from the time we were undergraduates, and have also rescued a series of unwanted Dalmatian dogs (who require almost constant companionship and 2 hours exercise a day!) Our lifestyle imposes many of the constraints of parents (e.g. little capacity to work long hours, travel or move) but I have not found that this has been a barrier to a successful and fulfilling career.

Dr Erich Graf

Dr Erich Graf
Dr Erich Graf
Research

I am interested in the workings of the human visual system. In particular, my research focuses on how our experiences in the natural world shape our perceptual system. I am, for example, doing field work capturing image and depth information across a variety of natural and urban environments, and then conducting lab experiments to determine to what extent the way we perceive visual information reflects statistical regularities measured in these environments.

Career

My wife works down the corridor and her research area is very similar to mine. We were fortunate to find a solution to the two body problem early in our careers, and our University was, and has been, very accommodating with my part-time/full-time oscillations. Right from the beginning, when our then six-week old son travelled with us (and my mother-in-law) to our job interviews; children have always been part of our academic life. We have made an effort to be directly involved in their care during the working week. This has meant many late nights of work to accomplish the things that a career in academia demands.

Professor Cynthia Graham

Professor Cynthia Graham
Professor Cynthia Graham
Research

My research focuses on sexual and reproductive health, particularly in women. Specific research interests include hormonal contraception, condom use errors and problems, and sexual problems in women. I am Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Sex Research.

Career

My husband is a psychiatrist whose research interests overlap with mine but he is now retired, which makes juggling work and home life easier. When we both worked in the United States at Indiana University and the Kinsey Institute, our children were young and juggling two careers and two children was more challenging. I have had an unusual career path, as I have moved between clinical posts in the NHS, and research/academic posts, although I have maintained a focus on sexual health throughout my career.

Professor Lusia Stopa

Professor Lusia Stopa
Professor Lusia Stopa
Research

I started my research career by experimentally testing cognitive models of social anxiety in order to refine and improve current CBT treatments. Successful collaborations in the Psychology AU supported the development of my research programme into the roles of imagery and the self in the maintenance and treatment of psychological disorders.

Career

My career has followed an unusual path. I studied English literature before I changed to psychology. I had my first child during my clinical training. In 1999 I was appointed as a Lecturer following the birth of my son, completion of my D.Phil. and 5 years of part-time work in the NHS to share childcare responsibilities. I have combined a successful career with raising two children, having been a primary carer for my daughter who developed a disabling illness at eleven, and looking after my mother when she developed vascular dementia.

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